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Adam Paul Mendes Memorium

A fund has been established in memory of Adam Paul Mendes, a Niagara College student in his first year of the Journalism program.  Adam passed away unexpectedly at his apartment in St. Catharines on February 26, 2010.

Donations can be made online by clicking on “Donate Now” button on the website or the link below.  Using the “Other” option, please direct your donation to “Adam Paul Mendes Memorium – SAFE Fund” for emergency financial assistance to students in the Journalism program.

Cheques can also be mailed “in memory of Adam Mendes” to Niagara College, Maid of the Mist Campus, 5881 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, ON  L2G 2N9 or phone Helen Armstrong, Student Awards Officer at Niagara College at 905-735-2211, ext. 7847.



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A Legacy for Reilly Kennedy Anzovino

A bursary has been established in memory of Reilly Kennedy Anzovino, an 18-year old Fort Erie woman who died following a late night accident on Hwy. 3 on Dec. 26, 2009.  The bursary, announced on Feb. 22 at a Fort Erie Council meeting, will provide financial assistance to deserving students entering Niagara College’s Paramedic program.

Donations received as of June 1, 2010 total $8,985. The goal is to raise at least $10,000 to establish a named endowed fund that will be matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support for a total of at least $20,000.  The principal will be left untouched and the interest earned will provide an annual bursary in perpetuity for students in financial need.

Memorial cards are available at the two Fort Erie Credit Union branches for donations by cash, cheque or credit card.  Donations can be made online by clicking on “Donate Now” below.  Using the “Other” option, please direct your donation to “Reilly Anzovino bursary”

Cheques can also be mailed “in memory of Reilly Anzovino” to Niagara College Foundation, Maid of the Mist Campus, 5881 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, ON  L2G 2N9 or phone Helen Armstrong, Student Awards Officer at Niagara College at 905-735-2211 ext. 7847.

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Governments invest $40 million in Niagara College’s Applied Health Institute

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, today announced $40 million in infrastructure funding – $20 million each – for Niagara College’s new Applied Health Institute at the Welland campus. The announcement was made at a joint federal/provincial media conference held at Brock University today, where investments totaling $1.476 billion for infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions throughout Ontario were announced.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions, including universities and community colleges. Today’s announcements were the first round of projects to qualify under the program in Ontario.

“Our government’s investment provides significant short-term economic stimulus in local communities throughout Ontario, while at the same time strengthening Canada’s long term capacity for research and innovation,” said Minister Clement. “The renewal of college and university facilities will encourage more world-class researchers to work in Canada and give them the tools they need to make further discoveries that will benefit Canadians and people around the world.”

The federal-provincial investment today totals more than $1.476 billion over two years, including $587 million in federal funding, $641.2 million in provincial funding, and $248.1 million from other funding sources, including the private sector, charitable contributions, and the universities and colleges themselves.

“The investments this partnership provides will help ensure Ontario’s colleges and university facilities have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence,” said Minister Milloy. “Attracting and retaining workers who drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy strengthens Ontario’s position as a world leader in science and technology, for the benefit of all Canadians.”

The federal/provincial funding announced today for the new Applied Health Institute is the largest funding announcement in Niagara College’s history. The College is currently investing $48 million in new facilities in its two main campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The construction of the Applied Health Institute greatly enhances these campus redevelopment plans, accommodating key health programs and related community health services into a new integrated facility.

“We applaud both levels of government for the investments they’ve announced today,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “This is incredible news for Niagara College and the Niagara Region. It will further enhance our current $48 million campus re-development project, and it significantly strengthens our ability to deliver the highly-skilled, job-ready graduates who support healthcare in Niagara and Ontario.”

The new facility provides a permanent home for the College’s Registered Practical Nurse and Personal Support Worker programs (currently in a leased facility), and provides 100,000 sq ft of expanded space for existing applied health programs, including Therapeutic Recreation, Paramedics, Pharmacy Assistant, and Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene.

New classroom and lab space in the Applied health Institute will allow for the launch of new programs serving the health and wellness of the Niagara Region, including Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist Assistant, Gerontology, Addictions Counseling, Mental Health Worker, Children’s Mental Health Worker and Elder Care Advocate.

The demand for Niagara College healthcare programming is high – from both healthcare employers who seek skilled workers, and by students who want to pursue careers in healthcare. Currently, almost all Niagara College healthcare programs have a waiting list. Due to this high demand, the College developed the plans for the Applied Health Institute to both consolidate and expand its healthcare facilities.

“The construction of the new Applied Health Institute is a major leap forward for Niagara College, and will truly position the college as a leader, accommodating key health programs, applied research, and community health services,” said Niagara College Vice President Academic Steve Hudson.

Extensive planning for the Applied Health Institute has already taken place. The project is in the design phase, with construction scheduled to begin in August 2009, and completion targeted for February 2011.

More information about the Knowledge Infrastructure Program can be found at

More information about Niagara College’s Building Futures campaign can be found at

With over 7,000 full-time and 15,000 part-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 certificate, diploma, post-graduate and degree programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include healthcare, technology, skilled trades, hospitality and tourism, viticulture, business, community safety, and new media. The College is home to the globally recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and to Canada’s first commercial teaching winery.

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Note: Images of the Applied Health Institute are available for download at

For more information:

Gord Hunchak

Director of Marketing & Communications

(905) 735-2211, ext. 7567

(905) 650-7820 (cell)

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Niagara College launches $16.5 million Building Futures Campaign

Niagara College launched its Building Futures Campaign today in support of the College’s major campus redevelopment plan.

The $16.5 million campaign will seek to raise the community portion of the funds required for the $50 million Master Plan, which includes $48 million for buildings, equipment and learning resources, and $2 million for scholarships and bursaries.

“Niagara College is a catalyst in the transitioning of Niagara’s economy. Our campus plans and investments are designed to help our region meet the challenges that come with a changing economy and an urgent need for highly skilled workers,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “The Building Futures Campaign presents an opportunity for businesses, groups and individuals in our community to join us in an investment in the future prosperity of Niagara.”

The campaign received an immediate boost, as the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (SAC), announced a $10 million pledge on behalf of current and future students. This major gift will support the construction of a new student centre, athletic centre, and library and learning commons at the Welland Campus.

“Being able to contribute to an entire wing of the new master plan building is our way of demonstrating that college students value the importance of their facilities and realize how fundamental they are to the quality of student life and the educational experience,” said SAC President Heather Brekelmans. “Our Student Council will be able to increase its capacity, its business and its ability to offer students more and better services.”

The Building Futures Campaign will be led by co-chairs Mark Basciano and Anna Olson, two community leaders who have achieved great success in two very different fields.

Basciano is the Owner and President of the Mountainview Group of companies, which includes Mountainview Homes, Mountainview Custom Homes, Mountainview Construction and Mountainview Properties. The award-winning Thorold company was formed in 1979 and is a market leader and the largest homebuilder in Niagara.

Olson is the host of Food Network Canada’s Sugar, and Kitchen Equipped, which also aired on HGTV. Her latest show, Fresh with Anna Olson, is filmed in her Welland home. She has also written three cook books and co-authored two more with her husband, Niagara College Chef/Professor Michael Olson. Anna and Michael own Olson Food + Bakery in Port Dalhousie and Olson Foods at Ravine in St. David’s.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have two outstanding community leaders join us in this important endeavour,” said Patterson. “Anna and Mark are very aware of the important role Niagara College plays in our community, and they understand the importance of investing in our College’s future. We’re very grateful for their support.”

Niagara College’s $50 million Master Plan for campus redevelopment is designed to increase capacity in programs that serve key industries in Niagara, including skilled trades, technology, winery and viticulture and hospitality and tourism, while providing much-needed improvements to aging facilities.
The project is also a response to the College’s unprecedented growth, including a 10.1 percent increase in total enrolment for the Fall 2008 term – the largest increase among all Ontario colleges.

The capital project will create more than 1,000 postsecondary student spaces, and provide additional capacity for access training, academic upgrading and apprentice programs that provide opportunity for re-training and address skills shortages. Completion of the project is scheduled for the fall of 2010.
New additions to the Welland Campus will include an academic wing, library and learning commons, an athletic centre, student centre, new facilities for visual arts and a significant expansion of the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus will see the construction of a new Wine Education and Visitors Centre that will integrate academic programming, facilities for the unique Niagara College Teaching Winery and an educational centre for students, industry and visitors. A culinary skills expansion will also be completed at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Funding for the Master Plan will come from three sources: approximately one-third from Niagara College, one third from the Provincial Government, as announced by Premier Dalton McGuinty in July, and one third through the Building Futures Campaign.

Further information is available on the campaign Web site:

With 7,500 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include hospitality and tourism, technology, applied health, and community safety. The College is also home to the globally recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and to Canada’s first commercial teaching winery.


For information, contact:
Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
905 735-2211 ext. 7567
905 650-7820 (cell)

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